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Move folder to finder favorite bar not possible - bug in OSX

Just in case someone runs into the same problem and is banging his had on the wall as there seems no solution ... OS X 10.11.3 still contains a bug where it sometimes is not possible to add a folder ...
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terminal custom commands source every time

After following this comment I added all my startup/alias commands to ~/.bashrc file and in ~/.bash_profile I added source ~/.bashrc But still my aliases are not working. I have to manually source ...
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Setting up bash_profile but alias not found?

Trying to set up my bash_profile but I don't know what I'm doing wrong. touch ~/.bash_profile And... open ~/.bash_profile Save and close the .bash_profile. Then close and re-open Terminal and ...
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alias not working in terminal

I'm on a mac in Terminal. open -a "Sublime Text 2" opens Sublmine Text 2, just like I want it to. I now want to alias this to my .bashrc file, which I have an use for other things like prompt ...
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Why are there account aliases?

I don't understand why when I go to /Users/Me, I find an alias of "me", and then another inside, and then again. Can this alter the performances? Can I trash them? And moreover, what are they doing ...
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How do I replace an alias by the original file it is linking to?

I have a folder containing several alias for pdf's that each have > 200 mb. Each pdf is in a different location on my drive. I need to compress all of those files. What is the fastest way to do it? ...
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Stop Finder from creating aliases when moving Applications

In Snow Leopard, Finder treated .app files like any other application. You could drag an application between any two folders at will, and the application would be move. At some point since then (I ...
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How to create a shortcut/alias for the “NTFS for Mac” preference?

I have a bootcamp Windows installed on my RMBP, and I used to use the "Startup Disk" preference to boot into windows. By click and drag the "StartupDisk.prefPane" from /System/Library/PreferencePanes/ ...
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Normal size of alias folder

I just delated an alias folder and I saw that the size in the bin was around 1.3 Mbit is this normal? Shouldn't be around few Kbyte?
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Mail aliases El Capitan

I used several aliases on my gmail account that was configured in mail.app. After upgrading to El Capitan, those aliases just vanished. There is an option in Preferences>Accounts>Account ...
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How to deal with multiple volumes folder in OS X?

I'm fine-tuning the network in my little office... I've got multiple folders named HD1 across different machines... The problem I noticed is that when you connect to an AFP folder, it creates a ...
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Cant seem to add anti-aliasing to rounded image in GIMP or Illustrator

I have this following image in which I have a size of 1200x1200, PPI of 326 and I have applied anti-aliasing to the image almost 10 times in both Adobe Illustrator and GIMP. Neither of them are ...
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Why isn't this alias in terminal working?

The alias's objective is to launch a pdf in my chrome browser. The pdf is entitled "Intro to Java.pdf"; the browser is "Google Chrome" alias x='open -a "Google Chrome" ...
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Sharing links in emails OSX 10.7 to 10.10

I need to be able to share links to folders or files on a network system with users on a range of versions. a simple smb:// link works in older version but in newer versions you just get a mounted ...
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Some aliases return 'No mapping found'

After editing .bash_profile, .bashrc, .inputrc dotfile config my aliases went silly. Some aliases work as expected. Others for no apparent reason return: No mapping found Press ENTER or type command ...
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How to find all the aliases within a given file system?

I would like to avoid any future problems with aliases (empty files created with the Finder, not to be confused with symbolic links) I might have used in the past and which may stay within the system. ...
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How to go to alias from terminal?

By alias, I mean the folder shortcut created when you right-click a folder in Finder and select "Make Alias". I can traverse symbolic links in Terminal with cd, but it doesn't work on aliases: bash: ...
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Tab completion in terminal with alias

I'm running a zsh terminal under Yosemite and have defined a simple alias to place files in Yoink: $ alias yoink='open -a Yoink' $ yoink my-file-to-yoink.txt This works great but for some unknown ...
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Custom desktop icons not updating on paste (Yosemite 10.10.2)

I've had custom desktop icons for the longest time and it has worked beautifully until I updated to Yosemite. Now, changing desktop icons works intermittently at best, if not at all. When I paste a ...
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Automatically propagate Finder tags from alias to original file/folder?

Is it possible to automatically propagate tags that are generated for an alias to the file/folder it points to?
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Make alias take icon of the .app it points to

I have a blah.app, and on desktop there is an alias to this app I went to blah.app/Contents/Resources and replace the icon with my icon, same name I went to blah.app/ and created a new folder next to ...
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Folder content recovery

I just got a new mac book and took a hard drive to make a backup file of my documents (I used time machine). One of the Folders did not get saved the way it was before, When I now click on the folder ...
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How to share directory alias between user accounts

I'm having trouble using aliases across user accounts. I have two existing directories: /Users/foo/stuff /Users/bar/stuff I'd like to alias /Users/foo/stuff to be accessible at ...
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Network Folder Alias Causing Finder to Hang

I've done some research and I can't seem to find anyone who is experiencing the issue that I am in the same way that I am, and I'd appreciate any help you folks can offer. Background: I have a ...
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alias command stopped working

I have a few aliases set up on my mac. But for some reason they don't seem to work anymore. I'm not sure why either. Even when I type in alias to see my list of aliases nothing happens just this: ...
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Should I delete the “Recovered Items” folder?

When I upgraded to Yosemite in October, it had some problems during the process, but after it finally installed, everything worked great. It still does, but I just need some more space for Guild Wars ...
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Problem persistently defining aliases in terminal

I am trying to persistently define some aliases for my everyday terminal use. I started off with this tutorial: How to persistently define aliases in Terminal, more precisely with Mike's comment. As ...
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Created a symlink but Finder shows it as an Alias

When I try to backup my iPhone, iTunes gives me an error, saying that it cannot make a Backup because the backup is damaged or not compatible. To move the backup folder I have followed the steps as ...
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Trying to get a Symlink but it turns to be an Alias

I'm trying to move my Backup folder from the SSD to another internal HD via symlink using this command: ln -s /MacintoshHD/Backup ~/Library/"Application Support"/MobileSync the problem is, when i ...
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Extract target of alias from Terminal

In my Finder windows I have many aliases that target other folders or documents. At the shell prompt in Terminal, these aliases show up as regular files. How can I get the target of an alias so that, ...
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Spotlight not finding .app created with appify

I've used a script called appify described here https://mathiasbynens.be/notes/shell-script-mac-apps to create /Applications/Emacs.app that runs the actual Emacs.app at ...
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How do I make an AppleScript use a Folder in the Contents of a Bundle for an alias on the Desktop?

I'm trying to write an AppleScript to make a temporary alias on the desktop from a folder that resides in the Bundle's Contents:Resources folder and then execute a terminal command that has an ...
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Trying to make terminal alias

I'm trying to create an alias in my .bash_profile to run an application in the terminal window (Julia programming language), the same way you would run Python from the terminal window by typing ...
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Finder treating symbolic links differently than terminal MacBook Pro Retina OS X 10.9.4

I created symbolic link jboss7 for hard link jboss-as-7.1.1.Final-downloaded and it worked fine in Finder. Then I made backup before modifying JBoss... ln -s jboss-as-7.1.1.Final-downloaded jboss7 ...
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How to remove iCloud alias from iMessage

I created an alias for my iCloud email address and then added it as another address I could send and receive iMessages from. I have subsequently deleted the alias from iCloud email. However, the ...
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Set Alias for Terminal Window in Applescript

After opening multiple terminal windows and running commands in them, it becomes difficult to send another command to a specific terminal window. How can we set an alias for each terminal window so ...
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How to drag icon in Preview to a folder and copy instead of aliasing?

After downloading a PDF, Preview automatically opens and I'm able to look at the file. Often times I want to move the file to somewhere other than Downloads. In Mavericks I'm able to click on the ...
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How to create an alias for IP address for JDBC connection?

I have the “db” alias in my JDBC connection specified in the Java properties file for MYSQL. This alias does not currently work on my local computer. I would like not to change the properties file ...
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Adding a username alias using the command line

How do I add a username alias using the command line? I can do it fine using the preferences dialog through the "Advanced Options", but I need to do it during an installation script. Can someone ...
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How to make an alias link to a Windows server folder

On our server (windows 2012) we have a folder for Scan files called server/scans/(username). I know how to setup link from windows PC so that user can access the scans. How do I setup the same thing ...
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AppleScript to show package contents of hidden original of alias

I'm attempting to build an Automator workflow (which will be saved as a Service, so that I can both access it from contextual menus and invoke it with a keyboard shortcut), that will function much ...
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make it easier to call often used terminal commands

I have a java tool that I use quite often from the command line but to use it I have to type java -jar dsim.jar. I want to make it so that I can call it just by typing dsim regardless of what ...
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How to get the shortest file size on aliases?

I realize a bit of why they are so big. Actually, they used to be small enough (around 2kb) and still magical about keeping the file link. I can also see a few ways to "shorten" it, including one ...
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Mount Folder in Maverick

I want to mount a folder to another folder. My reasoning is: I have a free box.net account with 50GB, but it does not include versioning. So I would like to put the folder under git. But I do not want ...
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OS X won't create any symbolic links, creates aliases instead

No matter how I try to create an symbolic link OS X refuses to play along and instead creates an alias. I've tried several tools and also through the terminal using the ln command. I am on a fresh ...
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Find the target of an alias or link in Quicksilver

Can I find the target of an alias or symbolic link using Quicksilver? I don't find a way to do so on this Quicksilver reference which is the best source I know of at this point.
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Add color to custom ls alias

I created an alias to display permissions in octet format: alias lso="ls -l | awk ' { k=0; for (i=0;i<=8;i++) k+=((substr($1,i+2,1)~/[rwx]/)*2^(8-i)); if (k) printf("%0o ",k); ...
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How to edit Symbolic Links in OS X?

I had painstakingly gone through and created symlnks to a whole host of files in my system. I couldn't use aliases because they were failing to be copied with RSync, and also certain apps I use to ...
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Alias\symbolic link icons

I installed Mavericks on an external SSD drive and now want to point my music, pictures and video to ones on my previous drive. I created a link using ln command, a link was created. I launched ...
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How to send an email through an outlook.com alias email address on iOS?

Outlook.com (past Live Mail / Hotmail) allows creation of email aliases associated to one main account, which is very convenient. Using Exchange ActiveSync with an iOS device works really well on all ...